Spencer Beebe earns Distinguished Alumni honors from Yale

School of forestry & environmental studies award puts him in good company.

Ecotrust Founder and Board Chairman Spencer B. Beebe was honored Sunday with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

Peter R. Crane, Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies said;

“It has been our great privilege at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies to claim Spencer Beebe as one of our own, and to include him among the members of our Leadership Council for more than a decade. We are delighted this year to award Spencer our Distinguished Alumnus Award. The award recognizes Spencer for his truly outstanding contributions to the field of environmental management. His innovative, integrated approach to conservation and economic development is transforming current understanding and practices, and is an inspiration for future environmental leadership around the globe.”

The award puts Beebe in good company. The late environmental writer and practitioner Aldo Leopold and Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke are among past recipients. Gary Machlis, a professor of environmental sustainability at Clemson and science advisor to the Director of the U.S. National Park Service, and Louisa Willcox, a leading environmental advocate in the Northern Rockies, were also honored on Sunday.

The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies was founded in 1900 by the eventual first chief of the U.S. Forest Service,  Gifford Pinchot, and ever since it has served as a launching pad for conservation innovators and an intellectual hub for the environmental movement.

Beebe earned a master’s degree in forest science from Yale in 1974. Previously, he graduated with a B.A. in economics from Williams College in 1968 and served in the Peace Corps in Honduras between  1968 and 1971.

The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies posted a feature story on Beebe this weekend, on the occasion of the award: